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Des Moines Youth Sports Basketball League

Oct 8 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines schools and community recreation centers
Event For:
grades k-7
Cost:
$60
Organization:
Des Moines Youth Sports League
Contact:
Tim Smith
Email:
tasmith@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 248-6314
Basketball league for grades 1-7. Practices and games are held at area schools and community recreation centers. Referees and scorekeepers are provided and standings are kept. Championship play for most divisions will be held at the Knapp Center. Scholarships are available for those that qualify. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Central Campus Community Open House

Sep 26, 5:00 pm
Location:
1800 Grand Ave
Event For:
DMPS Community & Families
Audience Location:
Students and families of DMPS
Organization:
Central Campus
Contact:
Sonya Smith
Email:
sonya.smith@dmschools.org
Phone:
(515) 242-8119
Open House event to explore the programs that Central Campus has to offer for those seeking career and technical exploration.

Goldie’s Kids Club: Old School

Oct 5, 10:00 am
Location:
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines
Event For:
Ages 8-12
Cost:
Free
Organization:
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact:
Jeff Morgan
Email:
jeff.morgan@iowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 281-5111
Have Iowa schools changed over the years? See for yourself by investigating artifacts that your parents or grandparents might have used when they were in school. Bonus: no homework! Recommended for children ages 8-12 who are accompanied by an adult. Free, but advance registration at iowaculture.gov (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

T&G Parent Day

Oct 13, 1:00 pm
Location:
Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Event For:
Parents, Activities for Students in Grades K-7
Cost:
$40.00
Organization:
Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
Contact:
Maureen Marron
Email:
info@iowatag.org
Phone:
(888) 990-4824
Whether your family is new to the world of Talented and Gifted or not, ITAG Parent Day has something for you. Join us for a gifted resource fair, vendor showcase, keynote speaker, break-out sessions, door prizes, snacks. New to this year are supervised activities for students in grades K-7. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

From Trash to Treasure

Sep 29, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come out to Jester Park and learn how to turn your waste into creative, useful, and beautiful products. A naturalist will show you how that single use plastic item can be transformed into a beautiful flower pot, or how toilet paper and paper towel rolls can be made into a creative art piece.

Fire Building Workshop

Sep 28, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Learn how to build a fire using various techniques, materials, and tools. Once we’ve made our own small fires, we will enjoy a larger fire on the patio, where we can roast marshmallows, share stories, and play a game or two. We encourage close parental supervision of young children.

Fishing Basics

Sep 28, 9:00 am
Location:
Jester Park, Shelter #5
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Learn about the kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and regulations. We will head over to Discovery Pond to go fishing. Bait and poles will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Sep 28, 5:00 am
Location:
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Shop
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$10
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Youth will be placed in groups of two with an experienced waterfowl hunter and conservation officer for a guided waterfowl hunt at Chichaqua. Participants must have completed a Hunter Safety Course before event. Ages 12-15.

Sunset Yoga

Sep 24, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$15
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
The yoga class will be a one hour beginner’s class. The focus on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: Yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be held in the Nature Center.

Fall Equinox Hike

Sep 23, 6:00 pm
Location:
Fort Des Moines, Shelter #3
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come learn about the fall equinox as we enjoy a walk around the pond and through the woodland at historic Fort Des Moines Park. No registration required.